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An Injured Turtle and a Word About Fishing Hooks

December 17, 2016

 

Yesterday evening the little water turtle pictured below was found in a community in Jacksonville Beach. The citizen, Mia, called The Ark for advice on what to do and it was decided that his injuries were severe enough that he should be seen by nearby Shoreline Veterinary Hospital for evaluation first thing this morning (Saturday). Mia took wonderful care of him through the night and got him to the vet early this morning w...here it was determined he had severe jaw and head injuries and damage to both eyes. He was compassionately euthanized to curtail his suffering. Many thanks to Mia for all her help in getting expediant help to this poor little turtle. While the extent of his injuries imply a possible car strike, please remember that if you are fishing and find you have hooked or ensnared an unintended animal (turtle, bird, etc.) DO NOT JUST CUT THE LINE! Slowly reel the animal in and contain it until the hook and line can be safely removed and only then return the animal to the water's edge. NEVER PULL A HOOK OUT OF AN ANIMAL WITHOUT FIRST CUTTING THE BARBED END OFF AND THEN BACKING THE HOOK OUT GENTLY. If you cannot easily do this yourself, call us and we will direct you to a vet who works with wildlife and will assist. Thanks again to Mia and to Shoreline Veterinary Hospital for your help!

 

 

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